Great article that looks at the nature of pet bereavement and the affects on a person. Some warrant that the loss should be treated as a family loss and that bereavement days may even be needed. Please also review our Pet Loss Grief Counseling Program
The article, Does the Death of a Pet Warrant Bereavement Time? A Scientist Weighs In, by Yasmin Tayag states
“In 2015, Chantal Dumais arrived at her home near Montreal to find her cat’s body on the floor, smeared with blood. Deeply upset, Dumais asked her employer whether she could work from home the next day. When her request was denied — her employer argued that a pet’s death didn’t warrant bereavement time — Dumais filed a complaint with the local labour tribunal. This July, the tribunal announced the final verdict: Only human deaths justify time off to grieve.
University of Colorado, Boulder professor of sociology Leslie Irvine, Ph.D. would disagree. As an expert in the roles of animals in society, she’s well aware that a pet’s death can be as devastating as that of a human. “There are a lot of people who report that grief after the loss of a pet is worse than anything they’ve experienced after the loss of a human family member or friend,” she tells Inverse.
Bereavement time, no matter whose death it’s prompted by, doesn’t make grief go away, but it does give a person time to adjust to the change without having to fulfill normal duties with a smile on their face. “Grief is grief, whether it’s a human or an animal,” she says, noting there’s evidence to suggest “it can be much more devastating when you lose a pet.” That’s likely because the pet-owner dynamic is very different from what you might experience with a human being.”
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